DEXTER: SEASON 3
Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
Michael C. Hall
What's it about
For those of you coming late to the party, welcome to Dexter's world. Dexter is a blood-splatter analyst for the Miami police department. He has an annoying sister, a pretty sweet girlfriend and a lot of respect. He also happens to be a serial killer who wipes out evildoers. Join us for more, won't you?
Is it good movie?
Warning: If you haven't seen this season, this might be a BIT SPOILER-y, but I tried to be as vague as possible!
Everybody’s favorite serial killer Dexter Morgan is back on DVD for Season 3 – this season focuses on Dexter’s struggle to balance his “Dark Passenger” with his family life and toying with the idea ofsettling into a marriage with Rita after last season's "indecent affair". We see him fight to be a dad and worry about the possibility that his future offspring might inherit some of his lesser qualities.
Jimmy Smits shows up during this go-around as Assistant D.A. Miguel Prado, whose brother’s murder is being investigated by the Miami Police Department. His performance is fantastic and arguably the standout of the season. He is drawn to Dexter, intent on striking up a friendship with him not realizing who the real killer of his brother is...though I imagine you can guess. Throughout this season we see Miguel learn more about Dexter’s true nature than anyone has before, and his reaction is not what you might expect. For the first time ever, Dexter shares with someone” The Code”, the rules that his father taught him to live by in order to hide his secrets, keep himself protected, and blend into society. This ends up not working in his favour, and Miguel the District Attorney is not as wholesome and law-abiding as he seems to be, he's got his own dirty secrets to hide and Dexter has soon realized that he has created a monster.
This season also featured more of Debra Morgan, The foul-mouthed, rough around the edges sister of Dexter. In the past, Debra has been a character who is hard to like, but she shows more of her true colors this time around as we see her struggle with her feelings for one of the Department’s informants, Anton, while she works hard to earn her detective’s shield and crack the next big case.
Dexter is still awesome. It features great writing and the directing is great. This show doesn't mess around with lame filler or side plots that aren't integral to the action, and you aren't left hanging on every commercial break with a stupid cliffhanger that solves itself immediately. Everything about this show is satisfying and it all adds up to a pretty great package. The acting is stepped up, the plot is still deep and layered and you hate Dexter's stupid sister even less! What more do you want?
Video / Audio
Video is presented in 16:9 widescreen and looks pristine, great stuff on the part of Showtime here.
Audio comes through loud and clear in Dolby 5.1 and shines as well. This show's got a lot of great aural cues, so it's nice to see they're treated properly.
This set stutters a bit because the extras frankly suck.
First up are two episodes of Showtime's "The United States of Tara" starring Toni Collette, which I couldn't get into for the life of me.
You also get some lame text based "Dexter" cast and crew biographies, and a photo gallery.
If you have a Windows-based PC, you can use this annoying "E-Bridge" technology to see some actual features like cast interviews, the first two episodes of "The Tudors: Season 3", "Dexter By Design" book excerpts, and more. Why this isn't on the DVD I'll never know and since I run a Mac, I didn't get to check this stuff out.
If you're a fan of this show, you own this already. If not, start with Season one and watch this awesome show grow into one of the best on TV today. It's different, edgy, thought provoking, violent and well written. So what if the DVD extras are lacking, this show's worth it! Do I need to say anything else?